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Buzzin': The Nine Lives of a Happy Monday

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Although it's out together by a professional music journalist, this second biography of Bez has his stamp all over it. At the height of his initial, turn-of-the-1990's infamy as the maraca-wielding dancer with 'Madchester' giants Happy Mondays, the pop-eyed Mark Berry, forever known to the world as Bez, was visibly a danger to society. Through Black Grape, the second band he co-fronted with the Mondays' Shaun Ryder, and his ever-presence in the mass media, Bez's popularity has grown exponentially, his star rocketing ever upwards.

Also at the beginning he states he's not going to go on about criminal activities again because he doesn't want his kids reading it.

Brilliant to read the life and times of Bez, met him last month at the old wollen, part of his conversational tour and got a signed book too what a genuine person he really is. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

Equally, we’re ‘there along with’ Mark B, rather than observing his antics laterally, as we do with some autobiographies. The major problem with the book is that it's boring in parts - the bee keeping and reality party stuff is covered in way too much depth and Bez goes on about the pandemic lockdown being wrong (though he was partying on a private estate at the time). Don't get me wrong it's a fun read at times but the Mondays stories are starting to wear a bit thin now. No one’s claiming that Bez wrote all of this: some of it sounds dictated (‘That bloke out the Stones, Ron Wood’) and some edited (‘to whom’), but Andrew Perry has done a fair job of licking it into shape, so that you can still hear it being read in Bez’s own voice.As an account of the deeds of the most wayward member of one of our most wayward bands, it does not disappoint.

Shaun Ryder (who pops up throughout this book) has already done a couple of excellent biographies with pretty much the same details. There are very few typos and only one near-howler (to do with a roof and jumping – I’ll let you find it).We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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